Monday, November 7, 2005

Visual Studio 2005 is here

Visual Studio 2005 is here. You can now download the final versions of the Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions products for free. SQL Server Express is free and will remain free; the other ones are free forever if you download them before November 2006. I have a feeling that's BS and that they'll remain free after then, but I don't know what they're planning.

Visual Studio 2005's really cool, though. I haven't used prior versions of VS in a while now. It's the latest iteration of coding bliss, and while the free Express editions don't have all of the features of the full product, there's still a lot there to be interested in.


Andy Rutledge said...

Thanks for the heads up. I've been developing mostly in Java with Eclipse and for the little work I do in C++ I've been using Visual Studio 6.

Might as well "get with the program." (slaps knee)

Travis said...

Forgive me if I do not lol too heartily.

Luke said...

I'm going to the "Best of" launch thing here tomorrow for work & getting my free copy of Studio Standard. I will pass micro-judgement then.

Travis said...

Visual Studio Standard is the one SKU I know least about. I think it's kind of like all of the Express editions put together with a few extra features, but I don't really know. It's a strange product.

Luke said...

Based on the comparison chart that I found today, that's exactly the conclusion I came up with. It officially supports "all" .NET languages, not just the Express subset. It has a "Streamlined" user interface rather than the full of the Professional. And, it does have full Windows Forms, Web Forms, and Web Programming environments -- a bit more than Express.

Travis said...

I *think* that the "streamlined user experience" just means that a lot of commands are hidden by default, and the Options dialog is trimmed down a ton. But, even in the Express editions, you can turn most of that stuff back on. From the SKU comparison chart, it looks like Standard is missing the following compared to Professional:

- Windows Installer projects (Can use ClickOnce automatic deployment)
- Crystal Reports (worst thing ever)
- Remote Process Debugging (not useful to many people)
- Full SQL Server integration (local SQL installations only)
- 64-bit support for C++ (But .NET will optimize for 64-bit)
- Free SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition (can't be used on a server)

I guess most of those things are features that students and most developers wouldn't care too much about. The free SQL Server isn't as great as it sounds; Developer Edition can't be used on a server.

(I should include the standard disclaimer that I in no way speak for Microsoft. I could be totally misreading MSDN here.)